Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Aqua and Brown Trio {Scrapy Land}

Hello, everyone! A special welcome to new google follower Lynn McAuley.

It is time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge, and I have 3 cards to share! The Challenge is open until October 12. The theme is ANYTHING GOES using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sellsScrapy Land sells over 40 manufacturers of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a great discount!

Color Scheme: Gentle Aqua Blue and Chocolate Brown

NOTICE: My cards are flat for mailing! 
No beautiful roses even tho I made them for the cards. (giggle)
(quite a hurdle for me)

My three coordinating cards are inspired by Friend Sandy Lee and artist Beccy Muir who lives Down Under -- Partly because those who live Down Under are leaving the brown-grayness of Winter and moving into Spring, and partly because it is her beautiful Blossom Image used on the cards.

The same colors, sentiments and main die cuts have been used, with slight variations. I hope you like them!

Easel Card

Dimensions are 5.5" x 7.5" (A7 card)

TIP: Use a border punch on the top of the base, so when it is opened, it still looks pretty!

Below the easel card is closed flat. LOVE the Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4 Die Set.

TIP: How to create dimension without increasing postage costs:

Horizontal Card with Pop Up on the inside:

Girl Friend Sandy Lee gave me an interior pop-up die cut on this pretty chocolate and blue paper. The word "hello" did not show up very well, so it has been covered with Sparkle N Sprinkle Jasper Blue Micro Fine Glitter. The sides have been embossed with SNS Brown Fizz embossing powder.

Beccy's Flowers have been adorned with prill-filled centers and die cut leaves (from gray vellum and designer paper to match the background).

Boo-Boo time! Vertical A7 Card:

I love showing off my boo-boos. In the card below, I ran out of the Chocolate Brown Cardstock! YIKES! So the first photo seems like the dark aqua is the "base of the card".

 But actually, the dark aqua is the folded portion of the card. It is sitting on the remnant piece 5.5" x 7.5" brown cardstock. Who says the base has to be the part that opens? It can just be a frame for your pretty card as shown below:

Above, the card appears to have a brown card base. But below, when it is open, we can see that only the back side of the card is framed in brown. Definitely a great tip when using expensive paper, or if we happen to run out of a needed color.

Products Used:

Scrapy Land Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4
Scrapy Land Taylored Expressions "Mini Leaves"
Scrapy Land Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms
Scrapy Land Cheery Lynn Olive Branches
Scrapy Land Spellbinders Gold Labels 4
Scrapy Land Spellbinders Decagons
Spellbinders Labels Four
Beccy Muir Blossom Image
PSX "gentle" image (retired)
Stampin' Up! Elegant Cheer (Just a Note)
Stampin' Up! Warmest Regards (thinking of you)
Impression Obsession "Perhaps they are not" (sentiment)
Paper: Aqua, Dark Aqua, Chocolate Brown, Grey and White Vellum, White, Neenah Solar White
Ink: Salmon, Pumice, Cocoa, Walnut and Shell Pink dye inks, Deep Lagoon VersaFine, VersaMarker
Copic Markers (browns, blues, blue-greens)
SNS Skylight Cosmic Semi-Transparent Embossing Powder (so creamy!)
SNS Jasper Blue Velvet Glitter
SNS Brown Fizz Embossing Powder
USArt Quest Prills - "A Penny Saved" (flower centers)
SU Ribbon

Challenges Entered:

  1. Die Cuttin' Divas #185 Anything Goes with Die Cuts 10/6
  2. Paper Minutes - #341 Easel Card (the top card is an easel card) 10/5
  3. {PIN}spirational Challenges - #125 - Anything Goes "Anything Could Happen" 10/14
  4. Sweet Stamps #189 Use Dies 10/6
  5. Crafting from the Heart - #38 Anything Goes 10/5
  6. The Pink Elephant - #270 Anything Goes 10/6
  7. One Stitch At a Time - #220 Anything Goes with a Flower 10/13
  8. Through the Craft Room Door - Sept 29-Oct 6 Anything Goes 10/6
  9. Beccy's Place Challenges - Oct - Anything Using a Beccy Muir image 10/31

Thanks for stopping by today!

Warm Stamping Hugs,


Paula said...

lovely cards Donna, the color combo is one of my favorites.

Jill Jacobsen said...

De, your cards are absolutely the blue/brown combo...the coloring of the flowers is beautiful...and all the lovely lacey cardstock! Just beautiful! Hope you are doing well these days.

Jane Savage said...

Gorgeous set of designs, Donna, just stunning! Love that colour combo and that is one of my favourite die sets of all time! xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow! Gorgeous set of cards, Donna! Love the colour combo - and all those dies! The flowers are so pretty - your colouring is beautiful! Thank you for the tip about the dimensional tape! Hope you have a great day!


Shona Erlenborn said...

Such an elegant set of cards Donna! The color combination is so rich. They all appear dimensional, using the dies the way you did. The color on the flowers is exceptional too. Totally fabulous!

Olga said...

Shut the front door!!.......Girl these are absolutley gorgeous!!! I love the color and the designs, you out did your self!!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such a gorgeous selection of cards sweetie. Love that flower of Beccy's and your awesome colouring really brings it alive. Fantastic layouts and dies used.

Lori Kobular said...

Wow Donna!! These cards are all so gorgeous! I love the aqua and brown color combo!!

Lady E said...

I have no word to describe your beautiful project!!! Everything is simply gorgeous and stunning!

Anne Temple said...

All of these are absolutely stunning!! Love the color combo and your coloring of the flowers is amazing!

McCrafty's Cards said...

Donna these are all really beautiful I love your designs and the fabulous colours
Kevin xx

brenda said...

What stunning work Donna, so much attention to detail and I do love aqua colours. I rarely use blue itself but aqua is beautiful.

B x

Sue said...

WOW! These are stunning Donna. I love your designs, the flowers are so beautiful and the colours are wonderful. Your attention to detailing is fabulous and so inspiring.
hugs Sue xx

Mrs A. said...

All 3 are beautiful cards. I have that flower image by Beccy Muir too. I love the colouring you have used on yours . Hugs Mrs A.

Benzi said...

Beautiful, as always. I love the color combination of aqua and brown. I also love the sentiment/proverb on the easel card.
Good tip on the second card if running out of paper. Gorgeous flowers all around.
Have a very good day.

Lisa said...

Wow, Donna, these are all absolutely stunning!! The colors and designs are fabulous!! I love how you make the insides just as beautiful as the outsides!! Your tip about using a border punch is awesome...I'm going to do that from now on!! Gorgeous, gorgeous cards!! I love them!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow Donna these are gorgeous and fab colours you have used.
Gr Karin

cotnob said...

Three stunning cards Donna, I absolutely love your colour combination and beautiful flowers. Your die cut details are gorgeous along with the wonderful sentiments and beautiful finishing.

Sue said...

Oh my, they are fabby. I adore the colour combo.

Hope you are having a nice week. Sue

Patricia Chalas said...

this is just adorable!!!

FeistyCrafter said...

Your cards are stunning! Love the color combo. Every details is beautiful.

jimlynn said...

Beautiful cards and I love the colors and designs on this! Gorgeous!

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

deine drei Karten sind wunderschön geworden. Die Farbkombination türkis/braun sieht ganz besonders edel aus. Wunderschöne Schablonen hast du verwendet. Ich bin begeistert von deiner Arbeit.
Ganz liebe Knuddelgrüße Hugs Silvi

Jean Bullock said...

Awww, come on, show us REAL boo boos, lol. Those aren't boo boos, those are "spontaneous designs." I coined that phrase in my first year of teaching art.

Oh, I love these cards and the flowers are such a lovely shape and so beautifully colored. I am crazy about die cutting so you can just imagine how I enjoyed these beautiful cards. And for an extra dose of delight, one was a pop up! You know how I LOVE those. Well done. I pinned!

pam said...

Stunning Stunning Stunning Donna!!!!
What fabulous creations you have design, love the colours, dies and gorgeous layouts..
tip.. I use my ink pads to colour card, if I have`nt got a colour I want..
hugs pam

Verna Angerhofer said...

I adore each and every one of these creations! I first saw them on FB but they sure are even more beautiful in the photos on the blog. I love those colors. Fantastic work my friend!

UTs Hobby Time said...

Gorgeous cards. Colors are amazing. I love how you combined your dies. You are so creative.

Tammy said...

Wow, what an amazing collection of gorgeousness! Fabulous!

Patricia St Martin said...

Everyone of your cards are just so stunning. I love each one. These colors go just fantastic together. Stunning flowers. I see you do the inside and I love that, a card is not finished until the inside is done. Love the added vellum, add the touch of elegance.
Hugz from Wisconsin, Patricia
rubber stamping is my game blog

NanaConnie said...

These are all so stunning, Donna! That particular color combo is one of my favorites. Can you believe they were my mother's high school colors? Love the flowers and the tip for getting dimension without a lot of bulk. I want to do the challenge this time but admit to being confused. Over on the Scrapy Land blog, one place it just says name brand dies but in another it says Heat Embossing, too. Or was that just an inadvertent left over from the previous challenge?

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Beautiful card set Donna !This color combo is very different nd look fab on your cards,loved the diamond pp n diecuts layered over it ! blue blooms are lovely and even after having all this the cards are flat :)

Beccy said...

Donna, your cards are absolutely beautiful!! You have done an amazing job colouring the blossoms, the depth of the shading is gorgeous. I especially love the way you have coloured those leaves, the slight bluish tinge works perfectly with the blossoms. Well done on all of them!

Teresa said...

Love these cards
and pinned them so I could see them again later

Eret said...

Donna, these cards are stunning! I love love love blue and brown color combo. These colors are on your cards even more beautiful. And your flowers are amazing. Really gorgeous cards.

Sari said...

Fabulous set. Love the colourcombination and those flowers are just perfect. Thank you for joining Crafting from the Heart, good luck.

Sandy Fredrick said...

Wow, what gorgeous designs. Love the color combination and the elegant look. Beautiful coloring too. Thank you for joining our blog challenge at

Deborah Adams said...

Your cards are just gorgeous. I love all three. :D And the color theme is just beautiful, these two colors are one of my favorite combo's. Thank you for sharing and joining us at One Stitch At A Time.
Deborah DT

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

Gorgeous my friend !! I love your designs , and this is another truly beautiful creation ! Miss you !

Petra Swart said...

Oh, what fantastic colours to use together, Donna!!! Your cards are beautiful!!! Love the stunning flowers and all the dies!! I tried to choose a fav, but it's to difficult - they are all just so very beautiful!!!

Have a lovely day!!!

aussie aNNie said...

AWESOME LOVE IT the colours, papers and added goodies are just beautiful.xxThe Journey is the Start

nwilliams6 said...

Donna, these are wonderful! Lovely papers, colors, shading, and design. Each one is a treasure inside and out. Great work - TFS. Hugz and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

CraftyGirl said...

Your cards are just beautiful. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

Denise said...

Wow what a lovely combination of cards! Thank you so much for sharing your fab creations with us at! Good luck and I hope you will come back next week and join us for a new challenge again!
Crafty Hugs

P.S. Love you Blog!

Desire Fourie said...

Wow Donna these are just amazingly beautiful. The brown and aqua colours are so gorgeous together. Great designs.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Donna such a beautiful trio of and coffee brown super elegant!!
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

MaryH said...

Another gorgeous filigree beauty on this one. The color combo is so pretty. Loved seeing how you made each different folded card (one of my weakness is doing this technique). So thanks so much for showing the pictures. Also loved seeing your 'boo-boo' because it's not what I'd term a boo-boo at all! You had a challenge which you met superbly and created yet another stunning design from the challenge. Love ALL of these cards, and I love that particular S/B die as well. So elegant. Happy wkend, and big hugs. TFS

Carol L said...

Thanks for all of this wonderful inspiration! Each card has it's own special elements, but I love the colors, dies, and especially the sentiment on the first card! Beautiful!!

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely cards, and I really like the colors that you used!

Sue from Oregon said...

It was so good to hear from you Donna! I adore these pretty cards with all the pretty die details and LOVE the colors! ♥ Sue Kment

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous set of cards! The flowers are colored so beautiful- loving the dies you added and love your slender adhesive tutorial! Thank You for joining us at Sweet Stamps.

Chriss America Real said...

These cards are so lovely & elegant! I love the color combination you used! Thank you so much for playing along with the Stitcy Angels Design Team!


Chriss - DT - One Stitch At A Time

maria's knutselplezier said...

What an amazing set of cards!!! I really love them , great colours and beautiful details , I really , really love the Donna!!!

Have a nice weekend!!

Planetsusie said...

Hi there Donna - first of all a belated congratulations on reaching the big 300 followers! Well done my blog pal! Now I must say that these cards are absolute corkers, I love these two colours together and the sentiments are wonderful. Your choice of dies for them is amazing - perfect combinations.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

L.B. said...

Stunning Thanks for playing with DCD!!!

Gail said...

I love the strong colour combo -great job with the flowers . Thanks for joining us at Beccy's Place.

Gerlinde said...

Just Gorgeous, Donna! Love the coloring on the flowers!

Svenja said...

What a beautiful colour combination. I like your card very much. Thanks for showing it on Paperminutes.

Patricia St Martin said...

Donna by again just to say Thank so much for joining us at Thought the Craft room Door challenge.
Fabulous ideas and great inspiration.
Hugz from Wisconsin, Patricia
rubber stamping is my game blog

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards!!!! Love the color combo! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
A Little Bit O' Paper

Sherrie K. said...

Absolutely incredible!
Sherrie K

Sue said...

Stunning and gorgeous cards. Love the color combo you used. Your signature details are all wonderful and beautiful. Three cards and each one more beautiful than the last. Lovely sentiments too. Awesome post Donna.


crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful cards and love the colour combo-beautiful dies and flowers
carol x

Leslie Miller said...

These are completely amazing, Donna, and I always marvel at what you manage to accomplish, and with such great detail! There's plenty of pretty here, but so much more, too, in the engineering of the design for each card. Among the many other delightful details I just love the "Hello" pop up! Gorgeous flowers and such a warm color combo. You do inspire me!

Janis said...

Donna, I am totally dazzled and enthralled with your cards. You are just amazing with your step by step instructions. I have said before that visiting your blog is like getting personalized card technique lessons. I LOVE that!!!! Thanks for sharing your amazing creations and for always having a kind word for everyone!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

WOW! These are gorgeous!!!

Thank you for participating in the {PIN}Spirational Challenge!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, such gorgeous designs in beautiful colours. Your cards are always so feminine and beautiful with the layers and flowers, love them ! Sorry I've been MIA I've had family visiting for a while. Take good care, Shirleyxx

Sue said...

I forgot to mention (shame on me) that I was the recipient of the boo boo card. I loved how it was put together and never guessed it wasn't part of the design. I knew these three cards were beautiful, but having one at my house is the cherry on the cake!!! Thank you Donna.

Big Hug

KOScraps4u said...

Oh I just love this card! I love the colours and how the blue pops!


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